Damage Control Action Network (DCAN)
The Damage Control Action Network (DCAN) is a left-wing student coalition dedicated to countering Trump's policies at the local level. We were founded on November 9, the day after the election, and hundreds of students immediately joined our Facebook page. Our politics are community-centered, pragmatic, results-oriented, and aimed at specific and tangible empowerment of ourselves and our surrounding communities.
Currently, we focus mainly on immigration issues, specifically of the undocumented community. Our methods range from protest, to petitioning and lobbying, to the provision of direct services to marginalized communities by organizing events and raising funds. Since our beginning, we have involved in a variety of actions:
· DCAN was the main orchestrator of the student demonstration and petition drive for Claremont's diversity resolution on January 24. We gathered over 900 signatures, and mustered over 200 students to attend the vote in support of the resolution.
· DCAN also worked with the undocumented students' organization, community organizations like the Pomona Day Labor Center, and government organizations like Pomona Unified and Supervisor Hilda Solis' office to help host a Know Your Rights Resource Fair in Pomona. The Resource Fair included workshops, resource booths, and pro bono legal consultations. There were over 300 undocumented attendees, 120 of which received consultations.
· Recently, DCAN has petitioned State Senator Anthony Portantino to vote for the California Values Act, which ends state and local cooperation with ICE, gathering the signatures of over 300 Claremont residents in 5 days.
· We have also been raising money for its Citizenship Fund to help immigrant families afford the $725 fee associated with naturalization forms.
We represent the student voice, but our partnership with Claremont and Pomona is strong, and our impact wider than just the Colleges. If our locally-based, community-centered, and impact-driven approach speaks to you, contact our general email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact our lead organizer, Shayok Chakraborty, at email@example.com.